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Suicide attack on NATO convoy in Kabul kills eight civilians

News 03 May 2017

left right Afghan policemen inspect the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani 1/5 left right Men carry an injured man inside a hospital after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail 2/5 left right A member of the Afghan security force keeps watch at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani 3/5 left right Afghan security forces and medics are seen at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani 4/5 left right An Afghan security force personnel inspects the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani 5/5 By Mirwais Harooni | KABUL

KABUL A suicide bombing in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday killed eight people and wounded at least 28, officials said, in an attack on a convoy of armored personnel carriers used by the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.

The blast hit the NATO coalition convoy during the morning rush hour in one of the busiest areas of Kabul. Public health officials in the capital said eight civilians were killed and at least 25 wounded, with a number of civilian vehicles that were near the convoy destroyed or badly damaged.

A Resolute Support Spokesman, U.S. Navy Captain Bill Salvin, said three U.S. service members were wounded in the attack. The armored personnel carriers, which are designed to withstand large blasts, were able to return to a coalition base under their own power, he said.

The attack follows a threat by the Taliban to target foreign forces in the spring offensive that it launched last week.

Witnesses said traces of blood and clothing could be seen on the ground at the blast site. Kabul television stations earlier reported that at least three people had been killed.

The heavily armored MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles that coalition forces use to travel in Kabul appeared to have suffered only relatively minor external damage, witnesses said.

(Reporting by Mirwais Harooni; Writing by James Mackenzie; Editing by Paul Tait)

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